Sep 30, 2020
ENTOM 2011 - Alien Empire: Bizarre Biology of Bugs
Spring. 3 credits.
Optional field trips.
Insects are the most abundant and diverse animals on earth. This course explores the bizarre biology of insects and their interaction with humans. It examines both the detrimental roles insects play (e.g., pests and vectors of disease) as well as their beneficial roles (e.g., pollination, edible insects, insect products such as waxes, dyes, and silk). The course also explores the symbolic representation of insects in art, literature, and religion. Students taking the course for 3 credits meet once per week for small group discussions, debates, demonstrations, and documentary films on the biology of insects.
Outcome 1: 1.1 know and be able to identify the 32 insect orders
1.2 understand the basic physiological functions of insects.
1.3 appreciate and understand the diversity of insects (relative to other terrestrial organisms)
1.4 appreciate the ecological role that insects play on earth.
Outcome 2: 2.1 understand the basic principles of evolutionary biology and evolutionary reasoning
2.2 understand the scientific method and hypothesis testing in the context of biology
Outcome 3: 3.1 understand the beneficial roles that insects play in human society
3.2 understand the negative roles that insects play in human society
3.3 intelligently distinguish real threats that insects pose from those that are based on a misunderstanding of basic insect biology
Outcome 4: 4.1 evaluate critical issues related to the impact of insects on human society based on independent research
4.2 communicate effectively in a debate format
4.3 communicate effectively in written format
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